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jgreer@hot.co.nz

138 Riccarton Rd (opposite Westfield Riccarton)
Riccarton
Christchurch

Why ME?

Image Gallery

 
  • Burj Al Arab Burj Al Arab
  • The Rock The Rock
  • Fiord Vikedal, Norway Fiord Vikedal, Norway
  • Bergen Bergen
  • Bergen Bergen
  • Some where in Norway Some where in Norway
  • Norway Norway
  • Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norway   Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norway  
  • Stave Church, Norway Stave Church, Norway
  • India India
  • Bujera Fort Hotel - Udaipur Bujera Fort Hotel - Udaipur
  • Udaipur Lake Palace Udaipur Lake Palace
  • Amber Fort - Jaipur Amber Fort - Jaipur
  • Udaipur - City Palace Udaipur - City Palace
  • Hakone-Fiji-Lake Ashi Hakone-Fiji-Lake Ashi
  • Nara Nara
  • Nara Nara
  • Nara Nara
  • Lake Ashi Forest - Hakone Lake Ashi Forest - Hakone
  • Miyajima Island Torii gate shrine Miyajima Island Torii gate shrine

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

Dubai & Norway

During July school holidays my family and I travelled to Norway to visit friends. Emirates was out choice of airlines and we enjoyed Dubai as a stopover. We arrived in 40+ degree temperatures but spent most of the days relaxing in Madinat Jumeirah Resort’s  lagoon pool. The resort is a 5 star themed Arabian Town, beautiful setting, water features and close to the Mall of the Emirates. My
family loved Dubai, lots of activities. The city of world records (largest
shopping mall and tallest Building) The Burj Khalifa looks stunning and has a
musical water and light fountain at its foot.     

Oslo’s architecture is stunning and eye catching. From its modern Opera House, and developed waterfront to the cities historical Akershus Fortress, and Grand Palace. Oslo has a compact city centre and short distances to major
attractions, makes exploring  by bike easy & fun, hiring from 1 of 200
bike racks. Highlights from my trip include, visiting the many fjords on the
west coast, the small town of Vikedal is my favourite. Travelling by train from
Oslo to Myrdal which is 867 meters above sea level and connects with the Flam Railway, which is one of the steepest trainlines in the world, the 1 hour
journey takes you to the town of Flam on the Sogneford through mountains
passes, 20 tunnels and breathtaking waterfalls. I can see why National
Geographic Traveler Magazine has named the Flam Railway as one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe.

Another city favourite was Bergen, a World Heritage city. The historic centre known as Bryggen features colourful wooden houses on the old wharf, The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views on a
clear day !

A day visit to Prekestolen is recommended, also known as the Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is a steep and massive cliff is 604 metres above Lysefjord and takes a 3 hour hike to get there… the achievement and stunning views are incredible. 

Norway was an incredible country to visit in lots of ways and we felt safe travelling as a family. 

India - Rajasthan

 In May 2018 I travelled to India and spent 8 days experiencing Rajasitan, in a nut shell Rajasthan is famous for majestic forts, The Pink City of Jaipur with Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
Lots of temples and havelis (mansions) and famous for lakes, known as the ‘City of Lakes’ the beauty of  Udaipur offers wonderful palaces, museums, and
gardens. This trip was better than I expected.
 
 

Japan

In July I took my family to Japan !

I expected Japan to be expensive and compared to most other Asian countries,
it is but I found that Japan can easily be explored on a budget and I was pleasantly surprised how affordable can be.

We choose to be independent travellers as we were travelling as a
family group of different interest etc…. a rail pass purchased before you leave
NZ is a must….. getting around is on the public transport is very efficient,
super punctual and very easy…. Experiencing the high speed Shinkansen (bullet \trains) at 300 kph was a thrill.

On reflection – Japan was a bit weird at times, crazy, always fun –
from animal cat & Owl cafes, to the Maid Cafes, many themed restaurants,
the Robot and Monster Café. Is the birth place of Anime, Manga & Pokemon
you will find it all in Akihabara – worth a visit to see how life is quite
different ! We enjoyed a hilarious night of karaoke of which dress up is
compulsory! Japan is super clean and safe, the people are wonderful & courteous. 

Food is delicious, we enjoyed a meal of pork miso ramen in the Gion district of
Kyoto and try the Okonomiyaki pancakes, made with cabbage and topped
with a variety of options which should be on your must-eat list when visiting.


One of my favourite places in Japan is Mount Fuji. It’s such an iconic landmark and a Cultural Site on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

There are countless beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines, interesting ancient cultural sites. I loved Kyoto, highlights were the Fushimi Inari shrine, the wonderful Gion area which is the most famous geisha district.

A visit to Hiroshima was both stunningly beautiful and incredibly moving. Visiting the Atomic Building, museum and surrounding peace park. Loved Nara, a lot of ‘Old Japan’ is still easy to spot here… from the Great Buddha Hall to the
Todaiji Temple and deer park.

A great time to visit would be the blossom time of Spring in April or September
for the Autumn colours

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